The Spark Fund is an innovative, participatory fund that provides youth-led and youth-focused groups with financial support and capacity development, enabling them to experiment, collaborate, and learn. The fund invests in groups tackling important issues such as inequality, climate change, and mental health.
In addition to a pilot program launched in 2021, the Spark Fund includes the Southeast Asia Climate Spark Fund, which supports youth-led climate action in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Up next, the Spark Fund plans to launch additional climate resilience rounds in other regions, as well as a round focused on mental health.
In 2021, Global Fund for Children established the Spark Fund pilot program with financial support from the Avast Foundation. Additional partners Shared Nation and Catch22 provided research support and technology development during the pilot.
The Spark Fund puts key decisions in the hands of youth. Through a participatory grantmaking process, youth panels make funding decisions using an innovative technology platform.
Applications for the Spark Fund pilot program panels and the Southeast Asia Climate Spark Fund panel are now closed.
Please check this webpage for information about applying for future panels.
Grant applications for the pilot program are now closed. You can find a list of the grantees here.
Please check this webpage for information about applying for grants from the Southeast Asia Climate Spark Fund.
For more information, please visit globalfundforchildren.org/initiatives/the-spark-fund.
If you have any additional questions, please email us at [email protected].
Header photo: Children and youth volunteers pose for a photo after an art lesson offered by Do It For The Kids, a Spark Fund grantee partner in Zimbabwe. © GFC
Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.
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